National Adult Stem Cell Research Centre

A new Adult Stem Cell Research Centre will be set up to examine ways that knowledge gained through this work can be applied in the approach to diseases such Parkinson’s and Schizophrenia.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • Research involving adult stem cells has great potential to provide benefits in an increasing number of fields in health and medicine.

Who will benefit?

  • The National Adult Stem Cell Research Centre will have a particular focus on applying adult stem cell research to brain diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Schizophrenia.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government will provide $20 million over four years to fund the operational costs of the National Adult Stem Cell Research Centre.
  • An additional $2 million will be provided in 2005-06 to support infrastructure costs.

What has been done in the past?

  • This new funding follows previous Government commitments that support adult stem cell research. Through the Backing Australia's Ability programmes, the Government has committed about $100 million to support the Australian Stem Cell Centre (ASCC), which directs a significant proportion (34 per cent) of its resources towards adult stem cell research. In 2005, the Government, through the NHMRC provided more than $39 million for research that involves the use of stem cells, of which more than $32 million involves adult stem cells.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will conclude in 2009-10.

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